How to Take Better Photos – Tips for Posing for Pictures

May 6, 2019

Have you ever wondered how to take better photos? I’ve learned a few things from trial and error through blogging. Trust me, looking at photos of yourself can be a not so fun process, and you definitely figure out what works and what doesn’t. Today I thought I should share a few tips for posing for pictures. Though this definitely has a slant towards blog photos, it works for anything. Single photos, group shots, anything!

How to Take Better Photos – Tips for Posing for Pictures

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1. Body position is key!

I don’t know how to say this politely – tilt your hip/pelvic area back just slightly. I think by default, we all have a tendency to push our bodies forward a little while our shoulders and heads are farther back. This makes our hips/legs look larger as it puts the emphasis on them. With this one small adjustment, you will take a better photo. Do me a favor, in your full length mirror, try this out and see if I am not telling the truth on the difference it makes. I am doing it in the photo below and you cannot even tell. You don’t want to do it so much that it looks as if your whole body is angled and obvious. Just enough to flatter. 

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2. Put one foot forward slightly. 

In combination with the tip above, try putting one foot a bit in front of the other one. With these two tips alone, you will take a great photo. Putting one foot forward angles your body just a bit so you aren’t totally straight on with the camera and flatters your legs. Win, win!

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3. If you want candid photos, try looking down or to the side. 

I don’t always want a static, “here I am smiling” photo, so I will look away from the camera, smile, and move around a bit. Trust me, we take quite a few photos to get the 5-7 I post on each blog post. 

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4. Move around!

Though moving around always means I end up with some ridiculous outtakes, it helps get some more natural shots too. If you are feeling silly or stuck, move around a bit. Walk, twirl in a dress, do a variety of poses one right after the other, and just ask the photographer to snap away. You’ll be surprised at what type of shots you may get and like. 

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5. When taking walking photos, look away from the camera and don’t walk directly towards it. 

This is probably just a personal preference, but when I take walking photos I prefer to look away from the camera. I think the effect is a more natural street style look. Often my hair looks more “in motion.” You will also never see me walking directly towards the camera. Trust me, those are not flattering shots. Russ is always at an angle from me or all the way to my side. 

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6. Watch your posture. 

I try pretty hard to watch my posture, specifically my shoulders, while taking photos. I think I actually hold them up and back a little. Again, something you might want to practice in the mirror if you really are blogging and taking photos regularly. 

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8. Consider props.

If you are nervous about what to do with your hands, consider having a prop like a bag you can carry with your hands or a coffee, both of which I have in these photos. This tip is obviously more directed towards bloggers, but it can really help when you are first getting used to taking photos. 

8. Smile, have fun, and be yourself!

I guess this might be a personal rule since a lot of people don’t smile for their blog photos, but smiling is definitely my style. You are beautiful. Let your light and confidence show. Be yourself! 

The more you do it, the more used to it you will become. You’ll start to get your “go-to” poses and movements down. Russ and I shoot each outfit in about 5 minutes. It’s hysterical. We start with our normal full body shots. Then he says, “Okay, you want to walk?” “Now some close ups?” And we are done! Perks of shooting with my amazing husband!

So there you have it, those are my tips for how to take better photos. Hope that helps and let me know if you have any questions or if this type of post is helpful. 

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Click the photos below to shop my outfit. I have been on the hunt for a few things I can wear all spring/summer with Ivy Jean that are more casual since I stay home now. A lot of my wardrobe is different. I needed some more casual t-shirt type tops and some comfy yet cute shoes. I am obsessed with these sandals (size up a half size). 

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24 Comments

  • Reply Julie | This Main Line Life May 8, 2019 at 11:39 am

    This is such a helpful post. I do some of those things, but some are new. I’m definitely going to give these suggestions a try.

  • Reply Maureen May 8, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Great tips for taking blog photos Amy! I am the queen of awkward when it comes to posing. I do well with straight on shots but there’s not much options for just standing tall! Those sandals look so comfortable and I love the height.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • Reply Lyddiegal May 7, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I’m the worst at remembering to stand up straight, sometimes I ask my photographer to constantly remind me! Getting a few great shots for a blog post usually means getting a whole lot of not so good ones first!
    Chic on the Cheap

  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom May 7, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Such great tips, Amy Ann! I love the one where you said to not have them take a photo of you straight on when you’re walking. I need to tell my husband that. I always love Starbucks drink props! haha!

    Carrie
    crulycraftymom.com

  • Reply Lyndi May 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Your photos are always so great, these are some great tips!
    I like the one foot forward pose – always looks good.

    Hope you’re having a great start to your week!
    Lyndi

    http://www.stylecalling.com

  • Reply Ashley May 7, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Okay, I actually learned something from this post and I’ve been posing for blog photos for ages, lol! Totally going to have my photog stand to the side when I take walking shots now- before, I NEVER liked them! I think your trick is the key!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Reply Beautygirl24 May 6, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Great tips! I think over the years since Iโ€™ve been blogging Iโ€™ve tailored my poses. And I almost always smile because thatโ€™s what feels natural to me! I love following the high fashion bloggers because Iโ€™m envious of their ability to pose! You always do a great job ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Nina May 6, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    So many great tips! Thanks for sharing girly xo
    Nina

    http://www.stylingwithnina.com/2019/05/tiered-floral-dress.html

  • Reply Meagan Brandon May 6, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    I’ve never thought about how I pose this way, but you are spot on! Great tips and post! Love that tee, I just bought a flutter sleeve tank that’s almost identical!

    Meagan
    http://www.meagansmoda.com

  • Reply Laura May 6, 2019 at 10:21 am

    These are all such great tips! I never knew what to do with my hands when I first started taking photos and so I started always using a bag as a prop to hold. I can’t wait to try out some of these!

  • Reply Biana May 6, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Making it look natural is something you’ve mastered! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply jodie filogomo May 6, 2019 at 8:28 am

    You bring up some great points Amy!! We’ve been saying “we’re moving and grooving”, so that we aren’t posing in place as much lately.
    XOXO
    Jodie

  • Reply Lisa May 6, 2019 at 8:20 am

    So many great tips! The first one – makes all the difference – but takes practice!

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

  • Reply Gina May 6, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Oh I was so excited to see this post! Your photos are always amazing and I can use all the help I can get! Loved reading your tips. I’ve never tried the pelvis tilt but I guess I better start experimenting in the mirror! Ha ha!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  • Reply Samantha May 6, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Such great tips!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • Reply Rach May 6, 2019 at 7:08 am

    These are great tips Amy Ann. I definitely follow similar steps as well!

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  • Reply Jill May 6, 2019 at 6:55 am

    I’ve been working on taking better blog photos and these tips are so helpful! I definitely need to move around more and use props! Thank you for sharing this!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Reply Kelly R May 6, 2019 at 6:47 am

    I definitely will be forever awkward with blog shoot posing but I LOVE all of these tips!

    Rosy Outlook

  • Reply Rachelle May 6, 2019 at 6:29 am

    these are such great tips, you look adorable. These sandals look so comfortable.

    xo
    Pinksole

  • Reply Andrea Nine May 6, 2019 at 5:50 am

    These are the best tips and you are sincerely the CUTEST!!

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